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martha: glad you stick around for it, folks. 911 is for emergencies only. does not include take-out even if you're very hungry. a guy in indiana is facing charges because he called 911 a bunch trials because the man was in need of a cheeseburger. >> 911, your emergency. >> yes. i -- on me fly asked if you have ad emergency. you said no, you needed a cheeseburger. we don't take cheeseburger orders. martha: the guy has a long rap sheet. that comes as a shock. 13 convictions for guess what? public intoxication. bill: a little side of mayo. see how an the radio. martha: see you on the radio
and happening now starts now. jenna: if you need a burger you need a burger. what can you say. we have brand new stories and breaking news. jon: house speaker john boehner is blasting the department of homeland security for releasing illegal immigrants set for deportation all because the agency says it will save money as the sequester cuts go into effect. some are asking whether the administration is playing games with the american people. jodi arias in her 12th day on the stand at her murder trial. why the prosecution seems to be getting frustrated and the impact it could have on the case against her. also a high-level government worker misses his flight, not once, but twice and goes ballistic. the entire episode is caught on tape. what he had to do after the video went viral. it's all "happening now". jon: some new develop to
bring you in the budget battle. now with just two days to go before the sequestration cuts take effect. good morning to you. i'm jon scott from washington. jenna: you're getting an up close and personal look at sequestration, jon? jon: yes. so far the cars are still running. the metro is still up in d.c. everything is still good so far. jenna: live report on the ground from jon scott. we'll get that in the next couple hours. lucky for us. i'm jenna lee. republicans and democrats on capitol hill are still far apart but now there is word a meeting with the president and the top four congressional leaders is set for this friday, the very same day the $85 billion automatic spending cuts to federal programs will kick in. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live on capitol hill where the big dome you just saw moments ago. mike, is there a clear path forward? a way where compromise might happen before the deadline? >> reporter: jenna, short answer, no. all indications are the $85
billion in spending reductions will happen. if you listen to the tone today, it is getting harsh. democrats firing at republicans. republicans firing back at democrats. after house speaker john boehner told the senate to quote, get off their --, the senate majority leader fired back. >> suffice it to say i thinks the senate is not moving quickly enough to avert the so-called sequester. across-the-board cuts would cost 750,000 americans their jobs unless congress acts and acts quickly. the speaker's charge is, really weak sauce, mr. president. >> reporter: reid sounded frustrated that republicans will not work with him on what he calls a balanced plan. translation that means new tax revenue for many republicans would be a no-go, jenna. jenna: we have the a word. we got weak sauce on wednesday. we'll see what we get tomorrow, mike. we'll stand by for that. what about republicans? what are they saying they would like to do in this scenario?
>> reporter: well there is differing opinions on that. mitch mcconnell says the idea of replacing spending reductions that have been signed into law with tax increases is quote, unacceptable. mcconnell did sound open to the possibility of perhaps adjusting the spending reductions and doing them in a more surgical way. >> we have a proposal that would give agency heads more discretion in prioritizing these cuts. i understand those concerns but let's be clear about the goal here. the goal isn't to hand over congressional authority. it is to make sure the cuts actually happen. and that we don't cut a penny less than we promised the american people we would cut a year and a half ago. >> reporter: you mentioned the top four congressional leaders will go to the white house on friday. republicans on capitol hill today show that the white house isn't even pretending they will stop these cuts from taking effect.
jenna. jenna: mike emanuel with the colorful language from capitol hill and more. mike, thank you. >> reporter: thank you. jon: talk about the cuts republicans are taking aim at a controversial move by the department of homeland security. this after immigration and customs enforcement officials announced they are releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have been set for deportation, all to save money ahead of those across the board budget cuts set to kick in on friday. house speaker john boehner calls that move, quote, outrage just. >> this is very hard for me to believe that they can't find cuts elsewhere in their agency. i frankly think this is outrageous. and, i'm looking for more facts but i can't believe that they can't find the kind of savings they need out of that department short of letting criminals go free. >> what do you think is going on here? >> i think that the administration is trying to play games, play games with the american people. scare the american people.
this is not, this is not leadership. jon: let's talk about it with a columnist for "the washington times", charlie hirt. he says it's not leadership. they're trying to scare the american people. are they? >> oh, i think absolutely. i think, you know, the whole strategy here is to frighten americans and to sort of begin the groundwork laying blame for the cuts that are going to take place. you know, the week began with some talk we were going to see drastic steps like, illegals let out of prison. then by week's end they had already begun it even though the sequestration doesn't begin until next week. it doesn't begin in earnest until sometime after that. the administration has been talking about longer lines at the airport. tsa will not be funded. things like that. i think what we're seeing is the blame game. president obama has proved himself being very good at that. i think we're seeing it now again. he is very good at laying blame on the republicans for these things.
jon: we're looking to cut two or three cents out of every federal dollar in spending, is that right? >> it is less, 10% or less, for across the government. which, you know, i can speak for, you know, just for myself. americans families over last several years have been cutting that sort of stuff from their budget. jon: for instance in, my world, if i were looking to cut some money, i could, you know, shave my cable tv bill. i could, maybe stop eating out at restaurants. or could i give away the family dog and tell me kids they can't go to college. and, it appears what the federal government is doing, is taking the most severe, sort of draconian measures, possible, under this system. >> to take this at face value, would be, would be to make the argument that the federal government, in, the monstrosity that is the federal government, does not have 10%, 9%, 8%, of waste and fraud and abuse that could be cut.
which of course is absolutely absurd. it would, i would imagine you could take ten people out of the phone book and they could sit down and say okay, let's find these cuts and would very, they would quickly come up with the cuts that are needed to achieve this. jon: but you think this is going to work, politically for the president? you think that he's got the advantage here. that by making people wait in long lines at airports and letting illegal aliens free on the streets that's actually going to work for him? >> i think he is very good at this. i think in the past he made this work very well. and he has played these games before. he has been successful at it. at some point you cry wolf too many times. at some point the american people i think are going to give up and stop believing the games. but, we have not seen it yet. this may be the time. jon: presidential approval ratings are higher than congress. >> i think my approval ratings are higher than congress. they're pretty low over there. but congress is an easy thing to beat up. because everybody, they may
like their congressman. they don't like the rest of the congressman. jon: you hear john boehner saying show leadership, mr. president. you are after all the commander-in-chief. it is your military that is going to see some of these cuts that you're complaining about. >> and i do believe that, eventually at some point, history shows that usually in second terms we do, people do kind of wake up. they get a little bit tired of the nonsense that comes out of, that is all over washington. it comes out of the white house. my hunch is that when voters start to get tired of the administration's tactics on this stuff, they're going to get really tired and it will get really ugly for president obama. jon: it is pretty ugly right now. charlie hirt, from "the washington times". >> thanks, jon. jon: jenna? jenna: jon we'll move onto the weather now. the monster storm that barries the midwest in a blanket of snow is moving eastward. you have millions of people trying to dig out. the storm caused dangerous driving conditions from oklahoma to the great lakes. chicago is dealing with a
serious weather mess from the storm. that's where we find our own steve brown live. steve? >> reporter: this will be a preview what it is going to happen in the northeast. it was bad enough here in chicago last night and today. it was worse up in wisconsin. up in sheboygan county the sheriff issued a travel ban because of snowdrifts up four feet. imagine trying to catch a airplane flight in this kind of level where the snow is coming down. it was a nightmare around did lead to some difficult and impossible situations and overnight stays at airports like o'hare. >> i'm trying to head to charlotte and looks like it is two hours late. we'll see. this is the third notification in the last hour. it keeps getting pushed back and back. >> i think i will find a bar and have a cocktail to see who else is stuck here. >> reporter: in some cases folks that were stuck were plow drivers. we've seen this scene more than once where the roads were so slippery because of
heavy, wet snow that plows were unfortunately the victim of slippery roadways. load cloud cover is causing all sorts of havoc particularly when you talk about air travel. well actually you can see the top of the donald trump building in the city of chicago. because the clouds are so low and that is really causing havoc with air travel. jenna. jenna: you guys in chicago know snow better than we do on the east coast. >> reporter: a little bit. jenna: i will give you that credit, steve. we hear it is not just about the snow and amount of it but what it's like. tell us more about that. >> reporter: yeah and it's really, really wet. don't know what your snowball making history is like, jenna, if you make a snowball that easy that means the stuff is really wet. it is tough on people especially heart attack snow lifting it up. way tough on roofs. >> did you get it? >> reporter: reports of roofs collapsing particularly in missouri and
kansas where both places have had two days of kind of drenching with this snow is really causing havoc and power lines. this heavy snow, it clings to tree branches. those branches droop, sometimes they fall. take the power lines out with them. that's a problem over in southeast michigan right now. so, if this is what's happening now, it may be much worse up in the northeast and this is why, particularly in the northern regions. northern new york, northern portions of new england, they are projected to have more of this snow, the heavy, wet snow this storm system is carrying. jenna? jenna: we kept you outside long enough. steve brown thank you very much, with the weather in chicago. jon: police in las vegas are asking for the public's help in naming a person of interest after last week's deadly shootout on the las vegas strip. plus, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu calling for the international community to take a tough new approach on the iran's nuclear program after talks end with
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jenna: welcome back, everybody. now some crime headlines we're keeping an eye on for you including this one out of santa cruz. two detectives were shot and killed trying to question a man over a report of a sexual assault. police later killing the suspect after a brief chase. over in las vegas police naming a 22-year-old woman a person of interest in connection with last week's deadly shootout on the las vegas strip. but they say she's not considered a suspect. investigators believe tanicia howard was inside the shooter's car. coastal carolina university, near myrtle beach, south carolina is on lockdown as police such for a suspect after a deadly shooting in a campus store. jon: new information concerning iran. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is urging
the international community to threaten iran militarily, this if the islamic republic refuses to back down on its nuclear program. the u.s. and other world powers wrapped up nuclear talks with iran today. both sides only agreeing to meet again next month on a proposal to sharply reduce iran's stockpile of highly-enriched uranium in exchange for a modest curb in economic sanctions. conor powell live in jerusalem with more on this. was there any real progress made during these talks with iran? >> reporter: for the first time in more than eight months international leaders sat down face-to-face with iranian leaders to discuss their program, their nuclear program but no real major breakthrough came after these two days of discussions. iran is still pursuing its nuclear weapons program which is why israeli prime minister netanyahu is calling for military action. he simply doesn't believe the economic sanctions in place on iran are effective.
he has long argued that only a military strike will prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. iran of course insists its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes. the obama administration has long argued and tried to resist those calls for a military strike. instead opting for economic sanctions regime program which so far has been somewhat effective but not completely effective. there are real questions, jon, whether or not a military strike would do much more than the economic program. jon: now that those talks with iran have ended what happens next? >> reporter: well, both sides agreed that over the next couple weeks they will continue to have some dialogue and some talks and they will ameet again in one month again to discuss this but fundamentally nothing has changed. iran was offered some relief in terms of the economic sanctions but those relief in economic sanctions being lifted have always sort of been on the table if iran curbs its nuclear ambitions. that hasn't appeared to change very much, jon. so really nothing
fundamentally has changed but both side are talking which is seen as a good step forward. jon: all right. conor powell, we'll take the good signs where we can get them. thanks, conor. jenna: we'll say with some overseas news now. what was at first pointed to as really a sign of progress in afghanistan turns out to be an error as the u.s.-led forces back off claims that taliban attacks are actually down last year. it appears it is not true. what does it mean for the troop withdrawal plan we'll go in depth. a pair of burglary suspects a jewelry store. what the shocked 81-year-old owner did. we're live at the breaking news desk.
store but its 81-year-old owner. rick is live from the new york city newsroom with more. rick? >> reporter: this store, owned by an 81-year-old man, who you will see did a very good job keeping theefls stealing a lot more than they did. we'll watch it from several different angles. the same robbery was caught on multiple surveillance cameras. there is the store owner chasing after the two suspects. in another angle you see them walk into the store. they smash a display case. they make off with a couple of watches before the confrontation. they get into the car and drive off. thankfully the store owner is not hurt. suspects are described as hispanic. one is between 25 and 30 years old, between 5'10" and six feet tall, 170 pounds. the other one a bit younger and smaller, 5'8", 150. anybody with information is asked to contact the l.a.p.d. text in tip to 274637 which spells out the word crimes on most keypads.
not bad for the 81-year-old store owner defending his shop. jenna: we did a story yesterday, 72 is the new 30. really 81 not that old. >> reporter: he is in his early 40s. jenna: keep in in context. rick, thank you. jon: there is new fallout today after reports of some skewed numbers on taliban attacks coming out of afghanistan. the american-led military coalition in this country is now backing off from its claim that taliban attacks dropped in number last year. what does it mean for our overall withdrawal plans? joining us, michael o'hanlon, senior fellow of foreign policy studies at the brookings institution. essentially the pentagon counted attacks taken place against, you know, anti-taliban forces and found them down about 7% but then somebody said, oh, wait a minute. we forgot to count attacks on afghan-led units. seems a little surprising. >> it is clearly a mistake
they should not have made. on the other hand i'm sure it wasn't intentional. by the way the number of attacks against afghan units were a lot more than 7% of the total. the good news in 2012 the war hasn't gone away, the fighting hasn't gone away, the war has not ended if our role is declining. afghan security forces are doing more and more fighting. the number of attacks against them the fatalities they suffered three times or four times as many as coalition fatalities. it may even be more or five. the as we pulled out our troops during the fighting season the a evident loo the violence didn't get worse. the afghan security forces did more and more of the fighting. i'm not saying this is good news. in the context of an overall transition to a afghan-led effort it could have been a lot worse. jon: skeptics say the administration or the pentagon is fudging the numbers to make it look like the surge worked and we're ready did it bring our
troops home, you don't think that is the case? >> i don't. if you try to argue there would be big progress you would want to show more than 7% improvement this was still, 2010, 2011, this is the big years of our effort. 2012, if you were really going to see huge progress you would have wanted to show more than 7%. people trying to cook the books they would want to say there was a 50% reduction for example. we've been very honest in being a noing even though the afghans are leading more and more of the effort they have a long ways to go. their air force is still a mess. they still can't really resupply their forces very well in combat. they needed us to do that. this has been very openly acknowledged by the administration, by general allen when he was in command, now general dunford. i don't see anybody cooking the books. they want to point to positive signs, no doubt and there are some but again if there is good news in this and i don't say there's a lot the war did not get worse in 2012 even though we handed off more and more of fighting to the afghans. there is bad news.
the taliban is resilient enemy and will be there in a while. jon: i have a personal stake in this. i have a son deploying in afghanistan scheduled to go in august, to be one of the last units in there before american forces pull out completely. the question is, have we accomplished what we set out to do there when we invited that country after the 9/11 attack? >> in all honesty it hasn't gone as well as we hoped. people believe that the war was necessary most would not say that the it went as we hoped. especially the ma critical -- mcchrystal review under president obama. you have afghan security force, 350,000 strong. most of the units are fighting reasonably well. they're not fighting against each other along ethnic lines. there is not the kind of sectarian conflict we saw in iraq where you have tajiks against pashtuns. they're on track for a presidential next year. president karzai says he will respect the constitution and step down. there are a number of hopeful indicators. jon: you're going with the glass half fall scenario at
least? >> 52% full. jon: michael al o'hanlon from the brookings institution. >> my pleasure. jon: jenna. jenna: arguing over government spending we're learning the feds are spending more than 100 million dollars a year to pay workers for doing nothing. we'll explain that coming up. the prosecutor in the jodi arias murder trial is getting fired up. not necessarily in a good way. not happy with the answers he is getting in cross-examination. we'll discuss whether the aggravation is getting him anywhere. >> i'm more focused on posture and anger. it is hard to focus on your question. >> it is the prosecutor's fault because you perceive him to being angry, right? [ female announcer ] from tracking the bus. ♪ to tracking field conditions. ♪ wireless is limitss.
[ female announcer from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. jon: a "fox business alert" now. we're getting alert at stunning new data from the office of personal -- personnel management number of hours federal government workers that show up to work for unions, not taxpayers. with us fox business network's liz macdonald. can you explain this? >> reporter: good to be with you, jon. what we're seeing is number of hours federal workers spend working on union duties is up dramatically from 2009. 3.4 million hours spent on union duties in the federal workforce. that was at three million hours in 2009. so the math is being done. analysis shows that the federal taxpayer has paid 156 million dollars to federal workers to work
mostly on union duties. that is up about 50% since 2006. and it is up dramatically from 129 million since 2009. but, jon, the irony is, that federal pay is set by law. it is set by statute. also federal workers are not allowed to strike. when you start drilling down into the numbers, really interesting stuff coming out. nearly threes dozen workers, for example, at the department of transportation, they get paid about $138,000 on average. $4.8 million total is what federal taxpayers are paying for. they mostly work on federal union duties. also three new york area air traffic controllers, they get paid about 180,000 each for official time and they are working also on federal union duties. there is 17 epa workers also working on federal union duties. they get paid $96,000 each. total cost there. $1.6 million to federal taxpayers.
so again the irony is, is that this compensation for workers, federal workers it is set by statute. they're not allowed to strike. we have got a lot of federal taxpayer nickel to work on union duties. there are basically a dozen federal union groups in the federal government, with their affiliates. also an estimated 80 federal union groups and workers associations. interesting stuff coming out right now with this analysis at a time when the federal government is fighting over spending cuts. back to you, jon. jon: yeah, seems like there are some places they could find some savings. liz macdonald, thank you. >> reporter: sure. jenna: we're taking you to arizona now. an arizona courtroom is heating up. murder suspect jodi arias is taking the stand for the fourth day today. she is accused brutally killing her boyfriend, travis alexander. the prosecutor is cross-examining her and getting visibly frustrated. take a listen. >> how is it you just happened you can't even remember what you just said?
>> i think i'm more focused on your posture and your tone and anger so it is hard to process the question. >> the answer is again the pros prosecutor's fault because you perceive him to be angry, right? >> it is not your fault. >> is somebody asking you whose whose fault it is? >> you did. >> seem to be pointing at prosecutor, right. you believe the reason you can't be effective on the witness stand because somebody is asking you questions in a way you don't like? >> i think that was a compound question. jenna: all right. our legal panel today, faith jenkins, former prosecutor, kerry hackett a criminal defense attorney. a little context, our crew is sort of laughing at this exchange. this is 30 seconds of a nearly five-hour testimony that happened for the past three days. this is day four as this type of exchange. faith, why does the prosecutor keep engaging his witness this way and is it working? >> no one knows this case and jody airy as better than
juan martinez at this point. this trial may last for two months but he has been, this case has been an integral part of his life for two years, and knows how manipulative jodi arias is and he is not allowing her to get away with it. some would argue that is not a good strategy but he is trying to help the jury that she is ma nip latif. she hones in on a key word and she is going for it. he is trying to expose the inconsistencies in her testimony. i think it is good he is being very strong. no innocent school girl and he knows that. jenna: all right. that is what faith says, kerry. what do you think about that? do you think it is showing jodi arias being manipulative or showing something else? >> i think it is showing juan martinez being a bully. i think actually the jury is ultimately going to sympathize with jodi arias. she could have attacked her
credibility with a much more limited number of questions and much more limited cross-examination of jodi arias. i think at this point the jury will believe that this woman is battered in the past will be battered by a angry prosecutor and. jenna: we don't have any other witnesses that corroborated that statement. we don't have anyone that said, oh, she talked to us the way travis was treating her and cheating on her. why is martinez going after, the prosecutorings going after jodi arias and her memory? at this point he is talking about her memory rather than talking about the case and the facts at hand? >> because for eight days she testified on direct and she remembered every detail about her childhood and her life and spent eight days basically trashing the victim. now all of sudden how convenient, she can't remember certain details about her testimony that she testified to an hour before or the day before. so, i think that he's doing
the right thing and as far as him being a bully, you are talking about someone who stabbed her boyfriend 27 times. you know, so i would say she can handle her own at this point. and he realizes that. jenna: we do know that jodi arias did kill, did murder this young man. what the police say is that she planned the killing in a jealous rage. what does the prosecutor need to do to show the premeditation? because that's what they're saying. that she thought about it. she flew into a rage and this is what happened. she is trying to say it is self-defense. >> that's right. well, i think the prosecution is essentially trying to say, that not only did she plan to go there but she took extensive steps in order it effectuate this plan in a way she wouldn't be caught. she borrow ad gas tank so she wouldn't have to stop for gas. the, she, the prosecution is alleging that she stole her
grandparents gun and that was the gun used in the killing. but the defense here is basically trying to show in fact she was attacked first. that travis alexander attacked her. that he slammed her against the wall as she told us. that he chased her around the house. her reaction to that was reasonable in light of the provocation. jenna: kerry, in light of what you heard do you believe that account? >> i think it is hard to believe because of three inconsistent stories she told us how this murder happened. one, she first said she wasn't involved in it. the second story she told involved masked intruders. and then now she is saying he in fact provoked her and attacked her and that's why she responded as she did and took his life. jenna: faith, do you think the stories, the inconsistencies are getting lost in how long she is on the stand and this type of dynamic with the prosecutor? what does the prosecutor need to do to bring everybody back to earth, and
say listen these are the stories, these are the facts. >> that is the point of his closing arguments that is what he is going to do. he is going to tie it all together and paint a picture of every single inconsistency. i think the biggest part of yesterday's testimony, was juan martinez bringing out the text message showing it was jodi arias who was initiating some of the behavior she described as degrading. she was the one initiating that contact and behavior at some point. so he will point out the inconsistencies and bring it all together in the closing arguments. >> great to have you both. we'll look for the testimony today, day four, and see how long she has with this prosecutor. thank you so much for joining us today. >> thanks, jenna. >> thank you. jon: well, get ready for what could be another giant leap for mankind. we are awaiting a big announcement on a manned mars mission. a live report on that next. and you might get angry after you miss a flight but we hope not like this. we'll tell you who this guy
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this is security footage from the terminal. officials say the man arrived at the airport with his wife and two kids. he had plenty of time to spare but they took too long at breakfast and missed their flight. staffers were able to book them on another flight the same day. but they apparently missed that one too because they didn't hear the boarding call. that is when the man lost it. we've all had moments, maybe not exactly like this but we might have felt this way. smashing computers and banging on doors. the airport staff just tried to get out of his way. maybe, he needs to do a little bit better job of time management, jon. just, --. jon: or anger management. one or the other. >> either one. time or ainge are management. those are the suggestions to him and we wish him well. jon: must be a very stressful job he's got. we are awaiting a announcement that could change the future of manned space travel. dennis tito, the first tourist to travel into space
is about to lay out plans for an american mission to circle mars and come home. now this is private space exploration, we'll tell you more about that as it goes along. want to take you know though, to statuary hall in the u.s. capitol building. a statue of rosa parks unveiled today. here are the president's remarks. >> distinguished guests who are gathered here today. this morning we celebrate a seamstress, slight in stature, but mighty in courage. she defied the odds and she defied injustice. she lived a live of activism but also a life of dignity and grace. and in a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change america and changed the world.
rosa parks held no elect office. she poe test -- possessed no fortune. she lived her life far from the formal seats of power. and yet today she takes her rightful place among those who have shaped this nation's course. i thank all those persons in particular, the members of the congressional black caucus both past and present, for making this moment possible. [applause] a childhood friend once said about miss parks, nobody ever bossed rosa around and got away with it. that's what an alabama driver learned on december 1st, 1955.
12 years earlier he had kicked mrs. parks off his bus simply because she entered through the front door when the back door was too crowded. he grabbed her sleeve, and he pushed her off the bus. it made her mad enough she would recall that she avoided riding his bus for a while. and when they met again that winter evening in 1955 rosa parks would not be pushed. when the driver got up from his seat and insist she give up hers, she would not be pushed. when he threatened to have her arrested, she simply replied, you may do that. and he did. a few days later rosa parks challenged her arrest.
a little-known pastor, new to town and only 26 years old stood with her. a man named martin luther king, jr.. so did thousands of montgomery, alabama commuters. they began a boycott. teachers and laborers, clergy and domestics through rain and cold, and sweltering heat, day after day, week after week, month after month, walking miles if they had to, arranging car pools where they could, not thinking about the blisters on their feet, the weariness after a full day of work, walking for respect. walking for freedom. driven by a solemn determination to affirm their god-given dignity.
385 days after rosa parks refused to give up her seat the boycott ended. black men, and women and children reboarded the buses of montgomery. newly desegregated, and sat in whatever seat happened it be open. [applause] and with that victory, the entire edifice of segregation like the ancient walls of jericho, began to slowly come tumbling down. it's been often remarked that rosa parks activism didn't begin on that bus.
long before she made headlines she had stood up for freedom, stood up for equality, fighting for voting rights, rallying against discrimination in the criminal justice system, serving in the local chapter of the naacp. her quiet leadership would continue long after she became an icon of the civil rights movement, working with congressman conyers to find homes for the homeless, preparing disadvantaged youth for a path to success. striving each day to right some wrong, somewhere in this world. and yet our minds fasten on that single moment on the bus. miss parks, alone in that seat clutching her purse, staring out a window,
waiting to be arrested. that moment tells us something about how change happens or doesn't happen. the choices we make or don't make. for now we see through a glass darkly scripture says. and it's true. whether out of inertia or selfishness, whether out of fear or a simple lack of moral imagination, we so often spend our lives as if in a fog. accepting injustice, rationalizing inequity. tolerating the intolerable. like the bus driver but also like the passengers on the
bus. we see the way things are, children hungry in a land of plenty. entire neighborhoods ravaged by vience. families horribled by job loss or illness. and we make excuses for inaction. and we say to ourselves that is not my responsibility. there is nothing i can do. rosa parks tells us there's always something we can do. she tells us that we all have responsibilities, to ourselves, and to one another. she remind us that this is how change happens. not mainly through the exploits of the famous and
the powerful, but through the countless acts of often anonymous courage, and kindness, and fellow feeling, and responsibility, that continually stubbornly, expand our conception of justice. our conception of what is possible. rosa parks singular act of disobedience launched a movement. the tired feet of those who walked the dusty roads ofmont comery helped a nation see that to which it had once been blind. it is because of these men and women that i stand here today. it is because of them that our children grow up in a land more free and more
fair. a land truer to its founding creed. and that is why this statue belongs in this hall. to remind us no matter how humble or lofty our positions just what it is that leadership requires. just what it is that citizenship requires. rosa parks would have turned 100 years old this month. we do well by placing a statue of her here but we can do no greater honor to her memory than to carry forward the power of her principle and a courage born of conviction. may god bless the memory of rosa parks and may god bless these united states america.
[applause] jon: rosa parks who's refusal to give up her seat on a montgomery, alabama, bus to a white passenger in 1955 led to profound changes in this country and its civil rights laws. she is being honored today. her statue unveiled in statuary hall in the united states capitol. juan williams is with us for a moment here. juan, you know, there are people watching today who can't imagine that there was a time when a guy like you couldn't get on a bus and sit in the same section next to a guy like me. >> it is odd but true. that is part of our history. that is part of our shared legacy as americans. in this case it is such a complicated and the story goes well on the simple gesture, the simple gesture,
elegant gesture of refusing is as president obama described it one that changed american history. i wrote a book about civil rights history in this country, called, eyes on the prize, america's civil rights years. in that book i tell the story mrs. parks was part of an ongoing struggle about segregation on bus lines in montgomery. it was not just about bus lines, jon. you think about blacks sit in the back. some cases last third of the bus was separated from the front like chicken coop wire. it was if the animals were in the back and the humans were in the front. in the case of mrs. parks she was working with black and white women in montgomery to try to bring justice to the system and did so in a way i think we remember, nelson mandela said what happened in china when the man stood in front of the tank was a rosa parks moment. i think that captures it. jon: juan williams. fox news political analyst. we'll talk to you in a moment and we'll be right back eat good fats.
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>> reporter: a brand-new hour and brand-new stories coming your way including illegal immigrants detained by the government being put back out on the streets. the feds say the sequester budget cuts make it impossible to house them. republicans aren't buying it. a live report straight ahead. the midwest continues to get socked by a major winter storm. it's not over yet and we'll tell where you the storm is headed neck. we'll also give you a sneak meek at the plans for the brand-new titanic two, a new ocean luxury liner that recreates the original thigh tan particular spaoerpbts, minus the icebergs and deaths all of that. the second hour of "happening now" starts right now. jon: jail doors across the country set to swing open for illegal aliens. the department of homeland security is right now releasing hundreds that face deportation
. >> after immigration and customs enforcement released 300 illegal immigrants on to the streets without telling local cops, states or congress. the agency which has been criticized for waeugz some of its 6 billion-dollar budget on snow cone machines and junkets and expensive surveillance systems that don't work say the release is the most prudent
way. >> they are now using the sequester to justify it. >> i think this is all part of the engineered plan, if you will on the part of the administration to uzi question to uzi question use uzi questions tracing. we hav use. >> they must promise to show newspaper court. some are required to call in some may wear ankle bracelets. one inmate they found was a whaoeuf beater and chilwife
beater, some were guilty of theft, burglary, robbery and assault. >> this is laughable. remember these are the same people, here the federal government who doesn't even have a secure border, these are all people who are multiple border crossers. they could never stop them crossing an international border. how on earth will they provide supervised release and supervision over these criminals? >> reporter: cops fear is too fold illegals who are poor and maybe have no home will recommit crimes. the other is if they disappear, if history is any guide to us jenna, 90% will never show up to be deported. this you think holding them in jail is expensive. it costs a lot more to find them. jay carney said the white house had nothing to do with this. that this was a decision by the agency. jenna: that story we'll continue to watch for sure, william, thank u jon. jon: we are two days away from the deadline for the automatic across the board budget cuts.
who is to blame if there is no agreement, and the sequester kicks in? a new poll from the pew research center and "usa today" finds 45% would blame republicans in congress. 32% would blame president obama. 13% would fault both equally. in a wal "wall street journal" nbc news poll 50% say the cuts are too severe. 43% say it's time for dramatic measures to reduce our deficit spending. let's talk about it with juan williams our fox news political analyst. the last one amounts to a tie, 50-46 with the margin of error like this. the american people are saying okay, the sequester is bad but deficit spending bad too. >> reporter: people don't like deficit spending. the economy is the number one issue in the country, jon, but right below it comes the sequester and the whole notion of debt, and how do we reduce that debt. in the same poll that you just
sited the "wall street journal" poll it's overwhelming. 52% of americans tell the "wall street journal," sequester is a bad idea. though don't like that idea. but when you ask them in general, how do you go about this? they want the cuts done. there is just no question. americans feel that this is a burden on future generations, and they want something done. now when you look at other polling on the political side, believe me people on capitol hill, they see pressure from americans. i believe it's like 70% of americans think that there should ab balance be a balanced approach and compromise. that is likely to be pushed up. you've seen the president out on this campaign trail, campaign-style i should say effort to try to blame republicans. just east was talking about putting illegal immigrants who are set to be deported potentially on the streets there are going to be longer lines at tsa checkpoints going into airports. this is a part of a political campaign to drive up those negative numbers that you were just talking about.
jon: republicans have been saying, where is the leadership, essentially challenging the president to come up with a plan to avoid all of these horrific things that he's been talking about, the cuts in navy ships, the release of illegal aliens and the like. it sounds like you're saying he's devoting his leadership skills to assigning blame rather than fixing the problem. >> reporter: well, i don't think there is any question. now he's scheduled to meet with congressional leadership on friday, and i don't see how you do anything. i mean the idea is here, okay, so if republicans want the sequester to take effect it will take effect, but how long? is it possible going forward let's say a week later they strike some deal. remember they have additional deadlines over budget continuing resolutions to come in march. is this part of a longer process in which we are really watching some political theory here and republicans are making a clear stand and impression on the president that they want budget cuts and they believe ultimately looking back at the poll numbers
that the american people are going to say thank you to republicans for taking a strong stand against spending in washington. jon: you and i are both old enough to remember 2002, juan and i want to note some figures that we got out of our brain room. well from 2002 to 2012 federal spending increased by 1.785 trillion, that is an 88.7, almost 90% increase in federal spending over the last ten years. show me and american family that has been able to increase its spending by 90% over ten years. >> nobody. i guess there might be somebody, i don't want to be wrong. i'm just saying it's ridiculous, and your point is well-taken. the government is different. obviously we've had to go to war and we've went through the horrors of 9/11 and president bush took steps in terms of some of the tax breaks to try to keep our economy going. the point is and i think this is the one that comes through in the polls this morning, the american people say enough is
enough we need to cutback here, the question is how do we do it. the president and the american people don't buy sequestration, they think it's too rough, too severe but they want cuts. jon: we will be talking with a couple of congressmen from both sides of the aisle a little bit later on how to get this done. juan williams thank you. jenna: fox news extreme weather alert now. a massive storm in the midwest is setting its sights on the northeast. take a look at the damage it's already caused. in missouri heavy snowfall caused this roof to completely cave in on itself. fortunately the area had already been roped off and no one was hurt there. even snowplow trucks are no match for this round of winter weather, several reported getting stuck or losing control. this one over kurpbd. the driveoverturned. the driver was okay. sesee if you can figure out what was going on with this guy. it was a huge flash in the distance, a transformer exploded
just behind this meteorologist in the local area of missouri. it was in the middle of the live report, he didn't notice, why would he it's behind him. thankfully he was also out of harm's way. janice dean is live in the fox news weather center. >> reporter: i'm so happy no meteorologists were harmed in the making of that video. thankfully the storm is almost over. man this is an historic storm. 85-mile an hour wind gusts. severe weather acr gulf ko*efplts hundreds of flights were canceled across chicago yesterday and we have more flights canceled today. unfortunately as the low pressure whoever' hovers across the gate lakes. two hour days in all of the new york city airports.
newark, jo louisiana jarred georgia, call ahead. we will be dealing with the storm today, tonight and tomorrow and the temperatures will remain chilly, so the snow is going to unfor the natalee be there for the next several days, really from the central plains all the way up to new england. we are talking about 6 to even 18 inches of no, great news for the skiers and all the ski resorts up here, but the folks that don't like winter are just going, what is spring going to get here? unfortunately, jenna the next big storm we will be talking about well into next week is the cold temperatures as far south as the gulf coast. all of that snow pack aeu crossing the central u.s. up towards the great lakes and new england is going to remain there probably for the next several weeks. jenna: wow. >> reporter: at some point spring will come. jenna: 35 degrees in dallas, you don't see that too often. >> reporter: it's warmer in new york city than it is in dallas, texas right now.
jenna: weird weather out there. >> reporter: keeping us busy. be careful of those transformers. jenna: i will. we will will. jon. jon: a major development in the national gun debate to tell you b how several states are now pushing back against federal proposals to overhaul the nation's gun laws. talk about a bad sport, a pee wee hockey coach caught on tape tripping a member of the opposing team. what was he thinking? [ male announcer ] this is anna, her long day teaching the perfect swing begins with back pain and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which can relieve pain all day with just two pills. good eye.
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jon: a push back on run tkpwaoeuts noon gun rights. at least six states are weighing laws that would ease restrictions on firearms and that is not all. doug mckelway live with that. >> reporter: hey, jon good to see you in d.c. it appears that more washington and specifically when democrats in washington want to limit assault weapons
the more they are seeing the opposite of their intended affect. purchases of assault weapons in recent months have been skyrocketing as have sales of extended clips and ammunition. six state legislatures are moving to ease gunnery streubg gun gun restrictio restrictions. the ban would ban 150 types of assault weapons. this is put forth by senator dianne feinstein. >> this is a serious matter of public policy. >> a first panel of witnesses at today's hearing, colorado u.s. attorney john wa*rbl and police chief edward flynn argued vigorously nor the ban. they said at columbine there were two armed security guards present who were unable to stop the carnage. flynn describing how he has lost seven officers to assault-type weapons. republicans scored points when they described how poorly the government enforces existing
law. >> how many cases have you made nor somebody violating a background check? >> we don't make those cases, senator we have priorities waoerbgs we make gun cases, we make two thousand gun cases a year, sepblz senator, that is our proeu or the. we are not in a tpaeup chase. we are trying to prevent the wrong people buying guns. that's why we do background checks. >> he told the hearing like 4 million other americans he owns an ar15, one of the rifles that would be banned under the law. senator grassley pointed out that the justice department could not credit the first assault weapons ban with any of the nation's recent drop in gun violence. jon. jon: interesting exchanges there, doug mcelway, thanks. jenna: as we struggle with the faltering economy and political chaos our next guest with a cautionary legs on how to keep american to falling prey to
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>> we have nowhere to go but up. jenna: often we hear we are going to be like greece. you point out in your column this week maybe it's italy we should look at, why. >> italy had an election which had effectively new results, the failed many time pwerplz r- silvio berlusconi came in second. a comedian got 25% of the vote. it lee is basically ungovernable. >> you don't like comedians.
>> i like comedians as comedians not as politicians. the count tree is ungovernable. why is that the case? they've had an entitlement problem that they've been racking up for the past 30 years. people think oh, italy is this big economic basket case it's always been that way, not true. the first 25 years after world war ii they had an economic miracle. italy's growth rate exhe'ded germany. jenna: better pick up one of the points you made, and i say this as half italian, i got neil cavuto in the background, we have the italians represented in fox news. but it seems sometimes when we talk about italy's economy or greece we make references to the culture. this is part of your culture, this is who they are. what do you think about that argument? >> my mother is melanese so we
are evening. it's not just [speaking italian ] and people taking it easy and drinking cappuccinos. it's a system of policy errors accumulating for decades. in 1978 what does italy do it adopts universal healthcare. between 1980 and 1990 italy's debt doubles it goes from 50% of gdp around 1980 to a a hundred% roughly where we in the united states are. what happens for the next two decades total economic stag nation. these are policy errors, it's not culture. jenna: let's bring it to today. we have the sequester on friday, the deadline. how does the sequester fit in to whether or not our destiny is the same or could be the same as italy. >> the tragedy of italy is you get the sense that maybe this is a country that is past no return. they are so mired with over taxation that there is no getting back from it. the sequester is a question of
whether we can begin to make relatively small cuts to spending before we take off on that italian road. we think we are immune from the forces of history. europe used to think it was immune from the forces of history. jenna: your policy and sequester. >> let's do it. let's show we have the political courage to cut spend nothing government. jenna: if we don't? >> we are even in more trouble than we say. jenna: we are drinking capuccinos, 24 hours a day it was a great read. appreciate you on set as always. jon: i love his use of the italian language. time is returning out here in washington. we are less than 48 hours away from those automatic budget cuts hitting the pentagon and key government agencies. now there are some new proposals out there aimed at cutting government waste. plus back on the stand jodi arias explains why she lied about her ex-boyfriend's grizzly death. her fiery exchanges with the prosecutor that could seal her fate.
jenna: in the past 72 hours billions of across the board spending cuts will start to go into effect. you heard from bret stevens of "the wall street journal" he says, you know what? maybe we should just do it. several lawmakers including senators tom coburn and john barosso put proposals to eliminate waste. this comes ahead of a
hearing to address billions of dollars in wasted government fund. chief national correspondent jim angle is live in the d.c. bureau with more on this hi, jim. >> reporter: hello, jenna. some lawmakers say the government is sitting on unspent money, worth $45 billion, more than half of the total sequester. livesen. >> there are pots of money sitting in different departments across the federal government that have been authorized over, either a number of months or a number of years. >> reporter: congressional legislation would authorize that money to be used elsewhere an effort that had bipartisan support in the past. senator tom coburn identified several waste programs of dod wants set set aside. a video of sergeants showing off favorite grill recipes. money to send a spaceship to another solar system. $6 billion on questionable research, including what lessons about democracy and decision making could be learned from fish. others point to enormous
duplication. listen. >> there are 47 job training programs according to gao. only five of which have had an impact study since 2004. less than half of which had a performance review. >> reporter: now homeland security spent $90,000 to upgrade security at a spring training site in peoria, arizona, so other pro teams want money for the site. he says homeland security has $9 billion in unspent funds itself. the general services administration which runs federal properties got unusual noteriety when a director took this photo on lavish government paid trip to vegas. gsa has $15 billion of property which of president obama says should be sold by 2014 but no progress to report. many hope the sequester will look at wasteful federal spending instead of predictions of disaster. jenna. jenna: jim angle, live in d.c., thank you. >> reporter: you bet.
>> 5,000 border patrol agents. it means less overtime andable to hire port officers. so longer lines there. it means really the same at the tsa. longer lines there. it means that we can't continue to invest and build. >> it will have a negative impact on the safety of americans across this great country. our capacity to respond to crimes, to investigate wrong doing, to hold criminals accountable. >> early childhood side, a cult of $400 million. what that means concretely is as many as 70,000 children would lose access to head start slots this fall. and as many as 14,000 teachers who teach those children would lose those jobs. >> that series of dire warnings about the upcoming sequester from white house cabinet secretaries. but what will it really mean when it comes to national defense? let's take a look at the
current projection for defense spending in 2014 without the sequester. $640 billion. with the sequester, the pentagon loses about 47 billion. 7% of the its budget. leaving 593 billion remaining for defense. let's talk about it with a couple of people who know this issue very well. california congressman buck mckeown, republican and chairman of the armed services committee. washington congressman, adam smith is the committee's ranking democrat and congressman smith, we'll start with you, because you have introduced a bill to rearrange the way the sequester money gets allocated? >> there are several problems with this first of all is the sequester is the amount of money being cut but also the way they do it. they do it in the sequester just across the board. every program gets cut by the same amount. we're already five months into the fiscal year. the pentagon started spending money on a variety of different programs. you can't build 2/3 of a submarine, it doesn't work. my bill eliminates sequester and yes you have to find
savings in both the defense budget and other nondiscretionary programs. you can do it in rational way. do it over the next eight years not the next day and a half. jon: that is what the sequester was supposed to motivate. was supposed to motivate both sides to sit down and look at places to cut spending and find places to cut. >> and the super-committee was not able to do their work. the thing all this focus on sequestration, we forget we already cut a trillion dollars out of discretionary spending. half of that came out of defense. defense accounts for about 18% of our overall spending. but about 50% of the savings we've taken out of defense. this is a time of war. and i think that what we need to do is step back and take a breath. and adam's bill, while i don't agree with his premise, i do congratulate him on his courage. because his caucus has been
asking for tax increases as has the president and his proposal doesn't push for tax increases. that's a brave position for him to take in his caucus. jon: i talked with juan williams about, you know, what's happened to the federal budget in the last ten years. 90, almost 90% increase in federal spending in ten years. it seems unsustainable. >> well it is unsustainable. i appreciate the compliment. let the record reflect i do support tax increases. just that's a separate part of the equation. if we're going to deal with the deficit, the idea behind sequestration was we're going to threaten to make draconian cuts in defense, and other discretionary programs because we don't want to do the cuts. we'll finally address both taxes and also mandatory programs, which aren't addressed in this and which are 60% of the overall budget. we have a huge deficit problem. we have to get spending under control but we also cut taxes for the last 15 years, to the tune of 7 trillion dollars. if we're really going to
deal with the deficit, i think we need to raise taxes and cut mandatory programs. we're refusing to do that. simply we're torturing discretionary portion of the budget including defense in a way that harms our country. jon: you two come from opposite sides of political fence and congressman mckeown is nodding seemingly in agreement. >> his comment on the mandatory spending. as he said, it accounts for 60% of the our budget. 50 years ago it was less than 30%. it's growing. discretionary spending has dropped the same amount. defense spending is half what it was 50 years ago. and we're at war. so what we're talking about is some huge cuts, on top of already huge cuts that were just instituting in this fiscal year. i think what we need to do is step back, take a breath and say, look, if we're going to have a balanced approach, then we better look at mandatory spending. if we totally eliminated
discretionary spending, no defense, no education, no roads, no transportation, no parks, border security, fbi, we would still be running a deficit of a half trillion dollars a year. that is not sustainable. >> i want to make clear, the cuts have an impact. i watched the earlier segment. there are 800,000 furlough notices gone out to employees. most important readiness, preparation of troops getting ready to send to afghanistan, there are cuts happening now because the way the sequester is done, because you can't plan, we're reducing number of flying hours and ammunition used in training. so soldiers we send over to fight will not be as prepared as they should be because these cuts are happening in such a mindless, across the board way. jon: a quick yes or no from each of you. will the sequester happen on friday? >> yes. >> yes. jon: wow! okay. congressman buck mckeown, congressman adam smith, thank you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. jon: jenna? jenna: right now the state's
cross-examination is set to resume for a fourth day in the jody arias murder trial. she of course is the woman charged with killing her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander, in a jealous rage. that is what the prosecution wants the jury to believe. lead prosecutor juan martinez has been hammering away at arias's repeated lies. that is what he thinks she is doing. she first told cops she didn't know anything about alexander's death and blamed it on mass intruders before settling on self-defense. here is one of yesterday's exchanges between arias and martinez. >> just happened, how is it that you are not remembering what you are saying? >> because you're making my brain scramble. >> i'm again making your brain scramble. in this particular case the problem is not you, it is the questions being proposed by the prosecutor, right? yes or no? >> no. >> yes or no? >> i was saying no and you interrupted me. >> so in this case you're looking to point the finger at somebody else again,
right? >> no. it is my fault. >> well, you're saying it's the prosecutor that is asking you questions and that is creating a problem for you, right. >> that's not what i said. >> well you said it is the way you're posing the questions. you just said that right? >> i don't know. jenna: hour after hour and on it goes. adam housley is live from our l.a. newsroom with more. adam? >> reporter: yeah, jenna. hour after hour. in fact you could probably play three hours of interaction like that, very contentious, at times they argue over semantics. a number of times the judge has to call both attorneys to the front because the defense attorney claims it is badgering the witness. it gets very, very difficult. at times it talks seems like a abbott costello routine, who is on first, what's on second. they're arguing over semantics back and forth. jody arias is back on the stand this morning. it began 20 minutes ago. we have another snippet we want to play to give you an idea how the prosecution is going after her picking apart every single one of
her alibis. take a listen. >> you always believed in him, right? >> yes i did. >> even though according to you he would get a mean look on his face and come charging after you down the hallway you still believed in him. >> yes, that is not what he wanted to be. >> i did not ask that is what he wanted to be. did i ask you that, ma'am. >> no. >> did i asked you whether or not you still believed in him, for example, according to you threw you down and choked you still believed in him right. >> i believed in his potential still, yes. >> fascinating court watching. some details, many of the details are too salacious to bring on television for you. i will tell you this morning once again the prosecution is going after every single one of her stories. stories she claims when she was on the stand for the defense that travis may have done something harsh to her. they go back and say in the voice recording that you taped and play it for her, you seem very happy. you seem to be the one instigating some of the sexual encounters, for example, how can you say
travis is at fault? it goes back once again she made the whole thing up. she argues that she planned the whole thing all along and stole a gun from her grant parents house. of course the weapon has not been found. most court observers the prosecution will keep her on the stand through tomorrow because there is no court on friday. with the idea the jurors will go home or for the weekend and have entire week in her mind what they heard from jody arias in her own words basically contradicting herself. jenna. jenna: it all comes down to what they think, right? >> reporter: absolutely. jenna: a lot of opinions how she is acting and how the prosecution is acting. we'll see what the jury thinks. adam, thank you. jon: let's talk about a very different kind of court case. after two full days of testimony we are now starting to get an idea how the civil trial against the bp corporation could go. as former and current executives are grilled in court over the massive oil rig explosion that led to the deaths of 11 workers. also, would you want to
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jon: it is day three of the huge civil trial against global oil giant bp. the company is being sued for failing to prevent the 2010 explosion that led to the deaths of 11 rig workers and caused millions of gallons of oil to spill into the gulf of mexico. today both former and current executives are being grilled on the stand. casey stiegel is live outside the district courthouse in new orleans with an update. casey. >> reporter: jon, a lot of testimony today from former top bp executives. first up on the stand today was lamar mckay. you remember he was the former chairman and vp, or
chairman and president i should say of bp america back in 2010 at the time of this spill. his questioning started late yesterday and then it carried over into this morning where he echoed much of what bp's attorneys have been saying all along. that blame is shared with transocean and halliburton, bp's partners in the suit. they are not alone with the fault here. and then a moment a lot of people have been waiting for. the video deposition of former bp head tony hayward was played today. it was conducted back in june 11 where plaintiffs attorneys were showing his casual oughtude towards safety and raising questions how he had the victim's best interest at heart. remember he is the one who said he wanted his life back. now following heyward's 20 minute video today, an 11-minute taped deposition was shown from kevin lacy. now he is the former bp senior vice president for
drilling operations in the gulf where he there was tremendous pressure to cut costs, lacy resigned from bp in 2009 because he believed the company was not adequately committed to improving safety protocols in its offshore drilling operations. yesterday bp's counsel spent a great deal of time pointing out specific examples it the court on how it indeed was improving safety, even noting awards it had won in doing so, trying to refute all of the claims that it put profits overdoing the right thing here. now, if bp and its partners are found grossly negligent, they could pay upwards of $18 billion in fines. jon? jon: wow! casey stiegel in new orleans. thank you. jenna: now for a story that could have a lot of people thinking twice although i just asked our crew about this and they are all in to go on a ride on titanic ii.
a billion snare -- billionaire revealing plans for this new ship. it is a new ship, rick. >> reporter: it's a new ship, they're going to start building a little later on this year. it could have its maiden voyage in the year 2016. it is an idea of an australian mining magnant who says he will pay tribute to the old while putting in new safety measures into the new ship. take a listen. >> of course we'll have safety lifeboats, atlantic first class lifeboats, will be little ships if need be. we'll have radar. we'll have satellite navigation and air-conditioning for everybody. but of course we'll utilize the designs and have the same titanic experience you would have had in 1912. >> reporter: get this, jenna. passengers will be able to check into their cabins and find 1912-style clothing in the closets in case they
feel so inclined to dress up and pretend they're like from the last century. the ship will also have a hospital, and a casino and a movie theater although we're guessing james cameron movies will probably not be on the schedule. as i mentioned construction is set to begin a little bit later on this year. back to you. jenna: are you game? what do you think? >> reporter: i don't think so. with all of the cruise ship nightmares we've been reporting on, this is not, doesn't sound like the best time to be launching this. jenna: i have some requests from our fans on twitter that are watching the show. they would like leonardo dicaprio and kate winslet on board for the full feeling. >> reporter: we'll see what we can do. jenna: we'll see what we can do. the crew's roadie. the crew's ready. jon, are you game? jon: i'm there with climbing wall and water slide. what michelle said in a
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but, you can see this is no ordinary pet. steve harrigan is live from palmetto, florida, with this one. steve? >> reporter: jon, the foreclosure crisis has hurt families across florida but for arnold here, a thousand pound pig, it almost proved fatal. >> are you okay? >> reporter: neighbors michael and patty armstrong agreed to adopt arnold. >> felt sorry for him. he would be abandoned. i thought everybody else that wanted him wanted to kill him. i wanted to make sure he had a good life because he was raised like a dog. >> i don't like giving him away you might say, but these guys will take care of him like i am. that's all i'm concerned about. the house is just a piece of wood. >> reporter: so you were more concerned about arnold's fate than losing your house? >> yeah. he is the best friend i ever
had except for my wife. people come and go. they think you're they're friend. in reality they're an acquaintance. >> reporter: but a pig is forever? >> any animal. if it is a your friend, it is there all the time, no matter what you are, how you act, how you treat it. they forgive you. and instantly. [laughter] >> reporter: now the armstrongs changed arnold's diet from pasta and bread to more fruit and vegetables. concerned about how close to get to old arnold here. so they hope if they trim him down a little bit he will be a lot more comfortable in his new home. back to you guys in new york. jon: he moves pretty quickly for a pig. steve harrigan, plantation, florida, thanks. jenna: can you believe that? it is a thousand pound pig. didn't like the apple too
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